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STARS Academy High School Program

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Our High School Program mirrors the same philosophy and principles of our K-8 program. From Kindergarten through grade 12, STARS Academy’s program equips your child to rethink education and become an active learner.

After completion of our High School, our students are able to use their well-earned academic and personal confidence to launch them into college, career, and life beyond.

Our problem-solving, self-expression, autonomous, student-centered, question-driven philosophy fosters both independent thinking and productive collaboration so your child consistently transforms original ideas into real solutions. All the while, your child comes to deeply know and respect their own interests and capabilities and those of others.

While our students may choose different future paths, in the first few years, we will be collaborating with a part-time College Counselor so that our students are prepared for their future plans. Our College Counselor will individually get to know our students so that they can steer them towards a 4 year college. Our students will participate in PSAT prep at school and our students will have one on one assistance on their college application.

We invite you to find out more about our High School. Please consider our school curriculum and schedule a High School tour.

Curriculum Overview

STARS Academy’s high school curriculum provides an intellectually challenging experience for students as they refine the skills necessary for a successful transition to college. Each student takes humanities— an interdisciplinary blend of literature and history— mathematics, and science. Graduation requirements include three – four years of all core subjects. High school arts and academic electives invite students to explore their creativity and nurture talents on campus and in the community. Advisory meets daily throughout the high school, while students also enjoy opportunities to build and strengthen relationships with peers on the dance team, or in the performing arts.

For transfer students, we will evaluate on a case by case basis units completed in comparison to units required for our graduation as they pertain to the sequence of courses.

This interdisciplinary blend of literature and history is focused on Western civilization and American studies. Courses are designed to bring historic time and place to life through literature and the arts. Students begin to wrestle with issues beyond their daily life and lean into the complex adult world. Students often work in small cooperative groups to exchange ideas, peer edit, and debate and discuss critical ideas. Coursework includes an introduction to genre, style, and modern U.S. history.

  • Close reading strategies of literature
  • Analysis of historic primary and secondary sources
  • Research, including analysis of credible evidence
  • Analytic and creative writing
  • Read and analyze literature, including close reading strategies
  • Development of personal voice in writing
  • Appreciation of character, authorial intent, and textual ambiguity
  • Articulation of historical perspectives
  • Connection of historic events to contemporary issue

This interdisciplinary blend of literature and history is focused on Western civilization and American studies. Courses are designed to bring historic time and place to life through literature and the The high school math program moves sequentially, from beginner algebra to geometry to advanced algebra and then calculus. Students progress through the program based on the mastery of skills and individual strengths. Through direct instruction and cooperative group work, students are guided in creative problem solving and finding multiple means to solve problems. Students gain confidence by mastering concepts through multiple forms of assessment, including peer and teacher feedback, demonstrations of knowledge, and projects.

  • Connection of historic events to contemporary issue
  • Ability to solve problems through multiple methods
  • Identifies and creates reflections, rotations, and translations
  • Identifies and creates reflections, rotations, and translations
  • Identifies angles formed by two lines and a transversal
  • Understands angle relationships and triangle sum theorem
  • Explains and uses properties of parallel lines
  • Identifies lines of symmetry
  • Solve and graph equations, inequalities, and compound inequalities
  • Write absolute value functions and graphs
  • Solve systems of linear equations graphically and algebraically
  • Demonstrate how to factor and graph quadratic expressions
  • Understand parabolas and conic sections

 

STARS Academy’s high school curriculum engages maturing intellects with core courses and electives that meet the UC A-G Requirements. While individual student schedules can vary, the scope and sequence of required courses is mapped here for easy reference, and to illustrate the foundational curriculum.

At each level, students are guided through investigations, explorations, model creation, and hands-on activities. STARS Academy’s inquiry-based curriculum builds skill and knowledge over a sequence of rigorous courses. Science is presented as a way of approaching problems and a body of knowledge as students grow in their scientific literacy with each course. Biology classes and labs present systems thinking as students explore classifications of life. Students investigate chemistry through discussions and lab experiments.

 

The high school science curriculum provides the foundation for the following skills. Individual classes support the development of additional skills as specified.

  • Creation of hypothesis, observation, prediction, and concluding reflections
  • Research, data collection, graphing, and written reporting of formal lab results
  • Scientific literacy
  • Use of scientific writing to analyze experimental processes
  • Use of algebraic principles to solve physics problems
  • Use data analysis to connect lab results to real-world application of physics principles
  • Describe the significance of experimental results and calculations

In order to graduate from STARS Academy School, the school requires that a student fulfills the following requirements:

  • Meet or exceed all academic requirements
  • Complete all community service requirements
  • Be recommended by the faculty as a student of good character and integrity
  • Be approved for graduation by the school administration
  • In addition, parents/guardians must meet all financial obligations to the school before any student is eligible to graduate.
  • Foreign Language: 3 years, 4 recommended
  • Humanities Integrated Curriculum (History – 4 years, English – 4 years)
  • Mathematics: 3 years, 4 recommended (including successful completion of Algebra 2/Intermediate Algebra)
  • Physical Education: 2 years
  • Service Learning: 9th Grade – 10 hours total, 10th Grade – 10 hours total, 11th Grade – 26 hours total, 12th Grade – 26 hours total
  • Science: 3 years (9-11), 4 recommended
  • Student Portfolio: Final draft and delivery
  • Visual & Performing Arts: 1 year of a UC approved Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) course

Course Requirements for High School

The standard course requirements for STARS Academy far exceed the standards set by the University of California and the State of California. Moreover, the available academic offerings allow a student to create a program suitable for entrance to any four-year college in the United States.

A student at STARS Academy must be enrolled in a minimum of 7 classes per semester. The following briefly summarizes the requirements for a STARS Academy diploma:

course requirements
For transfer students, we will evaluate on a case by case basis units completed in comparison to units required for our graduation as they pertain to the sequence of courses. If we do not offer a course that a student is interested in, we will help to coordinate them completing it at a local community college.
High School Curriculum

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